Big Ten short takes
• After losing a shootout at Michigan last week, Indiana has a bye week heading into its Nov. 2 home game against the Gophers. The Hoosiers need three wins to secure their first bowl berth since 2007, and besides Minnesota, they also have remaining home games against Illinois and Purdue.
Indiana already got a signature win for third-year coach Kevin Wilson when it defeated Penn State 44-24 on Oct. 5. Next week’s game against Minnesota will be a measuring stick for both programs.
• Two weeks ago, Ohio State’s next game against Penn State didn’t look so tough. But that was before the Nittany Lions bounced back from the Indiana loss by winning a four-overtime thriller over Michigan. Now Penn State will head to Columbus coming off a bye week.
Christian Hackenberg, a three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week selection, will get his next test Saturday in prime time, at the Horseshoe.
• While NFL teams are combing the college ranks for tall, fleet-footed receivers in the mold of the Vikings’ Cordarrelle Patterson (6-2, 220 pounds), it’s still fun to see a little guy like Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon (5-8, 184) light it up on Saturdays.
Gallon, a senior from Apopka, Fla., set a Big Ten record last week with 369 receiving yards against Indiana.
Big Ten power poll
1. Ohio State (7-0, 3-0): The nation’s longest winning streak has reached 19 consecutive games.
2. Wisconsin (5-2, 3-1): Only team besides Florida State to rank in Top 10 nationally in total offense and defense.
3. Michigan State (6-1, 3-0): Spartans seemed to find an offense, then scored one offensive touchdown against Purdue.
4. Nebraska (5-1, 2-0): Nation’s 10th-ranked scoring offense (42.7 points per game) heads to TCF Bank Stadium.
5. Penn State (4-2, 1-1): Ranks 11th in the Big Ten in rushing yards per game (157.2) but third in passing (283.7).
6. Michigan (6-1, 2-1): A well-timed bye week heading into a huge test Nov. 2 at Michigan State.
7. Iowa (4-3, 1-2): Hawkeyes need to follow strong showing at Ohio State by handling Northwestern at home.
8. Indiana (3-4, 1-2): Hoosiers average 342.7 passing yards per game, 55 yards more than any other Big Ten team.
|Buffalo||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Cleveland||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Dallas||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Jacksonville||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|San Diego||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|NY Jets||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Chicago||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|New Orleans||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Carolina||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Detroit||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Oakland||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Arizona||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|St. Louis||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/28/14 7:30 PM|
|LA Lakers||7:00 PM|
|Golden State||9:30 PM|
|Ohio||32||2nd Half 17:25|
|George Washington||7:30 PM|
|Illinois||12/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Rutgers||12/26/14 3:30 PM|
|NC State||12/26/14 7:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/27/14 12:00 PM|
|Duke||12/27/14 1:10 PM|
|(15) Arizona State|
|Miami-Florida||12/27/14 2:30 PM|
|Boston College||12/27/14 3:30 PM|
|(25) Nebraska||12/27/14 7:00 PM|
|Texas A&M||12/29/14 1:00 PM|
|Oklahoma||12/29/14 4:30 PM|
|Arkansas||12/29/14 8:00 PM|
|Notre Dame||12/30/14 2:00 PM|
|(13) Georgia||12/30/14 5:45 PM|
|Maryland||12/30/14 9:00 PM|
|(9) Ole Miss||12/31/14 11:30 AM|
|(21) Boise State||12/31/14 3:00 PM|
|(8) Miss State||12/31/14 7:00 PM|
|(10) Georgia Tech|
|(19) Auburn||1/1/15 11:00 AM|
|(7) Michigan State||1/1/15 11:30 AM|
|(16) Missouri||1/1/15 12:00 PM|
|(2) Florida State||1/1/15 4:00 PM|
|(5) Ohio State||1/1/15 7:30 PM|